Haze Watch: Message to All GESPians & Parents/Guardians
Haze Watch: Message to All GESPians & Parents/Guardians,
1. The air in Singapore has recently been hazy, and a strong burning smell has been detected across many parts of Singapore.
2. In consideration of our pupils’ health and well-being, we will be cancelling ALL school/pupil activities scheduled in Week 4 of the June school holidays (24 to 28 June). Please do stay indoors and do not come in to school for any activities during this period.
3. Our scheduled “Joyful Voices” performance by our school’s Choir at the Esplanade Concourse on Tuesday 25 June is also postponed to a later date. More information and details will be made available later.
4. Student-Care A*Kids Club:
(i) We have made provision to have our pupils in our school-based student-care be placed in our air-conditioned rooms.
(Ii) Parents/Guardians who wish to have your children stay at home during this period, you can just inform our A*Kids Club teachers.
5. All GESPians should minimise exposure by reducing outdoor activities and physical exertion by doing the following:
• Stay indoors as far as possible
• Reduce hours spent outdoors
• Reduce physical exertion
• Use masks as appropriate, depending on (i) health status, (ii) PSI level, (iii) physical exertion and (iv) time spent outdoors
6. It would be helpful for GESPians and parents/guardians to take note of the following health advisories by the NEA that are pegged to the various Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) range. For the latest PSI reading, please log on to www.nea.gov.sg.
(A) Health advisories pegged to PSI (Only the 24-hr PSI value is correlated to the health effects outlined):
– PSI value of 0 to 50 (Good): Health advisory – None for the general population
– PSI value of 51 to 100 (Moderate): Health advisory – None for the general population
– PSI value of 101 to 200 (Unhealthy): Health advisory – Persons with existing heart or respiratory ailments should reduce physical exertion and outdoor activity. The general population should reduce vigorous outdoor activity.
– PSI value of 201 to 300 (Very unhealthy): Health advisory – Elderly and persons with existing heart or lung disease should stay indoors and reduce physical exertion and outdoor activity. The general population should avoid vigorous outdoor activity.
– PSI value of 301 to 400 (Hazardous): Health advisory – Children, elderly and persons with existing diseases should stay indoors and avoid outdoor activity. The general population should avoid all unnecessary outdoor activity.
– PSI value of > 400 (Hazardous): Health advisory – Children, elderly and persons with existing diseases should stay indoors, keeping the windows and doors closed and avoiding physical exertion as far as possible. Outdoor activity should be avoided. The general population should keep physical exertion and outdoor activity to as low a level as possible.
(B) Health advisories pegged to PM 2.5 (for airborne particulates smaller than 2.5 microns)
24-hr PM 2.5 concentration (μg/m3)
– Value of 0 to 15: Health advisory – None
– Value of >15 to 40: Health advisory – None for the general population. Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion.
– Value of >40 to 65: Health advisory – The following groups should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion: People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults. Everyone else should limit prolonged or heavy exertion.
– Value of >65 to 150: Health advisory – The following groups should avoid all physical activity outdoors: People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.
– Value of >150 to 250: Health advisory – The following groups should remain indoors and keep activity levels low: People with heart or lung disease, children and older adults. Everyone else should avoid all physical activity outdoors.
7. You may wish to refer to the list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Haze and Your Health athttp://www.moh.gov.sg/content/moh_web/home/pressRoom/Current_Issues/2013/haze/frequently-asked-questions–faqs–on-haze-and-your-health.html
and for Information on Effects of Smoke Haze, please refer to:
8. Please take good care of yourself and your family members. Drink a lot of water and have enough rest. Let us look out for one another and we will work together to ensure all of our GESPians and families as well as our teachers and staff are healthy.
Stay calm & take good care everyone.
21 June 2013